Must murmurs are harmless, but, if detected, the appropriate tests should be done to determine the severity. Heart murmurs are typically detected in two ways: during infancy and during regular physicals.
Doctors use a stethoscope to listen to heart sounds and heart murmurs. They may detect heart murmurs during routine checkups or while checking for another condition.
If a congenital heart defect causes a murmur, it's often heard at birth or during infancy. Abnormal heart murmurs caused by other heart problems can be heard in patients of any age.
Primary care doctors usually refer people who have abnormal heart murmurs to cardiologists or pediatric cardiologists for future care and testing.
Cardiologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating heart problems in adults. Pediatric cardiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating heart problems in children.
Your doctor will carefully listen to your heart or your child's heart with a stethoscope to find out whether a murmur is innocent or abnormal. They will listen to the loudness, location, and timing of the murmur. This will help your doctor diagnose the cause of the murmur.
Your doctor also may:
Evaluating Heart Murmurs
When evaluating a heart murmur, your doctor will pay attention to many things, such as:
Diagnostic Tests and Procedures
If your doctor thinks you or your child has an abnormal heart murmur, they may recommend one or more of the following tests:
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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